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Ivybridge Community College

Ivybridge Community College

Ivybridge Community College

Reading Makes a Difference

The Learning Resource Centre ran their annual sponsored Read-a-thon for Read for Good, a charity that supports children in hospital, providing the best brand-new books and resident storyteller visits for children’s hospitals across the UK.

This year, the librarians challenged students to see how much they could read in the month of March, and to ask their friends and families to sponsor them.  The College set an ambitious goal to read for 6000 minutes and to raise £300.  Track My Read, run by Read for Good, is a great tool to encourage reading for pleasure while keeping count of how much you read.

We had students from across all Year Groups taking part, reading every day.  We managed to hit our goal of reading for 6000 minutes after three weeks and our end total was 7,540 minutes.  That’s over 125 hours of reading!  Our biggest readers were Hester Campbell who logged 32 reading sessions and Eleni Kitidis who read for 2,205 minutes.

At the end of the month, we were excited to have raised £448 in donations, smashing our intended goal. Ten pounds could buy brand new books for a child in need, while £20 could provide a storytelling session for a seriously ill child in hospital.  It is wonderful to think about how much we have helped those children in hospital with our donations.

Mrs Trafford, Learning Resource Centre Coordinator, was proud of what the students managed to achieve. “I’m really pleased that we can support Read For Good for another year and at the levels of compassion our students show.  We can often take reading and new books for granted, but for those children in hospital, our donations will mean the world.”